Christmas hampers are the ultimate gift. Full of delicious drinks and fabulous festive food, what’s not to love? There’s only one way to improve this most traditional of presents, and that’s to create bespoke hampers based on the things you know your gift recipient absolutely loves. If you won’t be able to spend this Christmas with your nearest and dearest, make your own Christmas hampers especially for them.
Read our handy guide for tips, tricks and treats you can use when making your very own gift baskets this Christmas.
What Hamper Should I Use?
Let’s start with the basics. Traditional Christmas hampers are usually stored in wicker-style baskets that can be reused when all the goodies have been snaffled (typically sometime around Boxing Day breakfast). But if you’re planning to send your hampers by post, or want a sleeker, more sophisticated look to your products, you can also use premium effect recyclable cardboard boxes to store and send your hampers.
What Type Of Christmas Hamper Should I Send?
You know your friends and family best, so go with what you know! If your recipient is a real foodie, make sure you include lots of tasty, high-quality goodies. If you’re making a hamper for kids, you can fill it with toys, sweets and books. Find our favourite homemade hamper varieties below.
Festive Hampers For Foodies
Whether you opt for luxury shop-bought edibles or hearty homemade treats when you make your own Christmas hamper, you’re sure to get tastebuds tingling! If you’re filling your hamper with bought goods, you can’t go wrong with booze, biscuits, cheeses and chocolate. For an extra festive flourish, make sure to toss in some mince pies.
If you’re planning to make your own food gifts to fill your hamper, take a look at these recipes. Carefully curated by the Ampulla Christmas elves, these recipes are sure to tempt even the grinchiest of gift recipients. Choose from eggnog, mince pies, honey roasted nuts and more! Looking for a boozy tip? Try making this homemade sloe gin – then present it in these stunning gin bottles!
Eschew tradition and make your own Christmas hampers filled with body, bath & beauty products! These kinds of goodies are sure to be appreciated by everyone. As with food hampers, you can purchase individual items to fill your hamper with – think nail polish, beard oil, bubble bath and scented candles – or make your own cosmetics and fragrances.
Check out our recipe for creating body scrubs as Christmas gifts here. Body scrubs are ideal for giving your whole body that spa-fresh feeling, as they exfoliate and revitalise the skin. Meanwhile, homemade candles are perfect for lighting with a bath and a book for some Christmassy me-time. Here’s our guide to getting creative with candle jars this Christmas.
Mix-and-Match Christmas Hampers
Of course, you don’t need to stick to one particular theme for your hamper. You can go rogue with a mixture of edible treats and cute cosmetics, as well as including games, trinkets and more. Alternatively, you can choose a more specific theme for your hamper. Popular themes include afternoon tea style hampers (think winter spiced teas, coffee syrups, sugary shortbread and fruity homemade jams) and cheese and wine night hampers (no prizes for guessing what to include here).
Have you tried to make your own Christmas hampers before? What tips have we missed? Comment below or tweet us with your favourite hamper fillings for friends and family – and don’t forget to shop the project with Ampulla!
Make Your Own Christmas Hamper
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